BEMIDJI — Connor O’Brien scored five straight points midway through the second half, propelling Minnesota State to an 79-74 victory over Bemidji State in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball game Friday.
Assem Marei had 11 points and six rebounds as the Mavericks opened a 37-34 lead at halftime. Zach Monaghan and O’Brien each had eight points in the opening half.
The Mavericks continued to dominate the paint in the second half, as O’Brien finished with 22 points and Marei had 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Mavericks had a 37-28 rebounding advantage, outscoring the Beavers by 10 in the paint.
Monaghan added 15 points and 11 assists, and Gage Wooten had 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Mavericks (22-4, 16-3 in Northern Sun) take on Minnesota Crookston at 6 p.m. today.
Minnesota State women 73, Bemidji State 54: Karlee Gengenbacher tied a season-high with 21 points as Minnesota State defeated Bemidji State in a Northern Sun game at Bemidji.
The Mavericks used an 11-0 run to lead 18-7 and took a 39-27 lead at halftime, thanks to 11 points by Gengenbacher. She added six points as the Mavericks used a 10-0 run to make it 49-30 early in the second half.
Aubrey Davis scored 15 points, and Ali Wilkinson added 10 points and eight rebounds. Gengenbacher also had seven boards, helping the Mavericks to a 52-47advantage, including 17 offensive rebounds.
Minnesota State (18-5, 15-4) plays at 4 p.m. today at Minnesota Crookston.